Author Archives: Chris Andoe

Bryon Pierson: There’s an App for That

Bryon Pierson: There’s an App for That

Bryon Dawayne Pierson Jr. is driven in the way someone is driven to escape a burning house. At just fifteen, the Alton native ran away from his dysfunctional family, determined not to succumb to their lifestyle of guns, drugs and sex addiction. Despite bouncing through six foster homes, Pierson excelled in O’Fallon (Illinois) High’s wrestling

Shawn Jennings Kohrs: He Makes a Wish Come True

Sitting in the garage with family in 2012, Shawn Jennings Kohrs stumbled upon a Facebook post that changed his life. A woman in Kentucky wrote with intimate details about how her thirteen-year-old son knew he was going to die, but still worried about her well-being. “Two seconds in I was invested, and knew I had

Meth at the Melrose

My husband sleeping by my side, I woke from a Saturday afternoon nap two summers ago to my friend and downstairs neighbor, whom I’ll call Keith, passionately kissing me. My Tower Grove apartment building, which we called “the Melrose,” was like a big gay frat house back then, a place where it wasn’t uncommon for

Dustin Mitchell Bound for Texas State Penitentiary  

This story is an update to Dustin Does Dallas. After years of getting off easy in St. Louis there was much speculation that Dustin Mitchell would skate by in Texas as well, and a five year deferred sentence for the charges he faced in Collin County gave an initial indication that might have been the

Unity, Pride, and Shade: Summer Issue has it All

We’re honored to partner with Pride St. Louis and #Boom to bring you this combined Official Pride Guide and summer issue of Out in STL. Pride is when we take stock of where we are as a community, and while there will always be conflicts and rivalries (and shade!), I’m seeing more unity and collaboration

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